Something embarrassing I must point out, is that the movie made me find out about a major plot element that up until now I thought was untrue. I thought the great billionaire and party hosted Gatsby never met his dream girl, Daisy Buchanan, but he did and I thought he only saw her for her looks. Apparently not, and in the summer of 1922, the actual main character, Nick Carraway, (played by Toby Maguire, who is always irresistibly loveable and is able to give any expression perfectly) is the first person to ever receive an actual invitation to one of Jay Gatsby's parties. Being Gatsby's neighbour and Daisy Buchanan's cousin, it's not just a coincidence. At the party, he meets Gatsby and falls for a girl named Jordan Baker. Soon, the same love relationship from the novel plays out like I thought it would, except this time, there's a twist. It transitions between times, one I think is in 1925 where Nick is based off of the author himself, F. Scott Fitzgerald, writing about his memories of Gatsby from 1922, which is the other timeline. Some of the 1925 dialogue may spoil the book a little, but I don't see how a kid too young to have yet read the novel or a teen who dropped out of school before having a chance to read the novel or anyone who hasn't read the novel for that matter will watch this movie. Inside and out, it looks like a romance comedy.
Anyway, as I was watching the movie, I recognized situations from the book unfolding before me, and I remember they either bored me too much for me to care or didn't make sense to me. I was watching and I got how a book being based on this would be boring, because there's so much background to describe and the situation would be hard to really read. But it isn't hard to watch. The amazing colourful backgrounds and costumes as well as the acting give the story a dimension that makes the story entertaining in a strange way. I learned more about the book than the book itself really, and it gets extra points for being suspenseful at the end. I don't remember a drama other than Philomena made me feel like that.
However, one thing I should point out was that I watched this movie in English class during time where I'd otherwise be doing an assignment. School's fine, but I think that part helped it out a bit. I can see others getting bored in case they had something else in mind to do, but I know I didn't. It's a movie that's good, and maybe great, but I think a few people will be bored. Others won't.